Naval War College Review


Grant F. Rhode


Veteran East Asia international relations analyst Michael Yahuda explores the traditional Chinese aphorism yī shān bù róng èr huˇ, or “two tigers competing for one mountain” (一山不容二虎), in ana- lyzing the changing relationship of the two great powers of East Asia—China and Japan. The proverb is a good foil for his subject and has led to a nuanced and balanced essay on Chinese-Japanese relations during the forty-plus years since the two established diplomatic ties in 1972. His book is succinct. Each sentence pushes the narrative forward, making the book an ideal synopsis for busy policy analysts or East Asia students with extensive reading lists.